Acupuncture for Pain and Injury
Acupuncture offers a safe, natural and effective treatment for many forms of injury and pain, including chronic pain. Our acupuncturists are ACC Registered.
Acupuncture is very effective at treating acute injuries. In general, the sooner the injury is treated, the better the result. Studies show that acupuncture is effective in reducing inflammation and swelling so early treatment of an injury may considerably lessen the time needed for recovery. People who receive acupuncture for an acute injury frequently report that they feel considerably calmer after treatment, as well as reporting a reduction in pain. Acupuncture has been shown to be useful in treating chronic pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, pain is generally caused by stagnation. Acupuncture helps to promote free flow of Qi and to remove blockages and stagnation, therefore working to reduce pain.
Subsidized ACC Acupuncture for Injury Recovery and Rehabilitation
Once a claim has been accepted by ACC you may choose to receive acupuncture treatment for the injury. It is not necessary to be referred to an acupuncturist by your GP, physiotherapist or other health provider. The clinic charges a co-payment for ACC treatment meaning you pay a greatly reduced fee. Enter your valid ACC-45 number at the time of booking for the injury you are seeking treatment for in order to be eligible for this reduced fee. ACC-45 numbers consist of two letters followed by five numbers. If you are unsure of your ACC-45 number or if your injury is covered you can call ACC on 0800 101 996 to find out.
If the injured area is inaccessible due to a plaster cast or dressing, acupuncture points can be chosen above and below the site to treat the injury. Because acupuncture points occur on both sides of the body, the uninjured side may be needled to effect treatment.
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Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Treatment
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for many forms of chronic pain including back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and osteoarthritis to name a few. It may also help patients to better manage their pain and potentially reduce pain relief medication in conjunction with their GP.
What to Expect at your Acupuncture Treatment
First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health and injury history, pain and function levels and how well you can move the injured or painful area. Then, he or she will examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform some additional physical examinations like muscle testing and checking for potential nerve damage, depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acu-points are stimulated on various areas of your body. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine, pre-sterilised needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes and the entire session will take up to 1 hour.
Your acupuncturist may recommend and include other treatment techniques such as cupping, moxibustion and auriculotherapy (using ear seeds or tiny needles on points on the ear) with your permission if they are appropriate for your condition. Many patients find auriculotherapy to be useful for prolonging the effects of treatment as they go home wearing 'ear seeds' or tiny 'press needles' on their ear to help further manage their pain while away from the clinic.
How Do I Choose the Right Acupuncturist?
At Tao Clinic, we hand pick the best and highly trained acupuncturists in the region. Our acupuncturists are recognized ACC treatment providers and hold a minimum four year Bachelor of Health Science that consists of a combination of both traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Biomedical training. To guarantee the standard of training and competency, we advise that you always verify that your acupuncturist is registered with one of the two regulation bodies for acupuncturists in New Zealand: